Lions flanker Cobus “Baywatch” Grobbelaar will face a fitness test on a bruised hip before he is named in the starting line-up tomorrow.
Grobbelaar suffered the injury while diving for the ball in Friday’s match against the Bulls when flank Wikus van Heerden’s head clattered into his hip.
“Initially when it happened I was really worried, I thought something was seriously wrong. But I’ve responded well to treatment and I’m very confident I’ll be able to play. Luckily it’s not a muscle bruise, just a bone bruise, which is good,” Grobbelaar told keo.co.za.
If Grobbelaar is not fit to play, the Lions will bring in Vodacom Cup captain Wilhelm Koch. Selecting an inexperienced player in such a crucial home game would diminish their chances of beating the Sharks even further. One of the few positives in the Lions woeful campaign so far has been the form of Grobbelaar in conjunction with other loose-forwards Ernst Joubert and Joe van Niekerk, but even if Baywatch is fit they face a stern test at the breakdown. The Sharks are expected to employ a dual-fetcher system, with Keegan Daniel and Jacques Botes set to start.
“The loose-trio of the Sharks were great in the last two matches. It’s going to be a tough battle, but it will be good,” said Grobbelaar.
By Grant Ball